Richmond Suburban News Announces Leadership Changes

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Richmond, Va.–Richmond Suburban News announces organization and leadership changes which underline the papers’ commitments to their hometowns.

“These moves allow two talented managers to interact directly with the communities we serve, benefitting both our readers and advertisers,” said publisher Joy Monopoli.

Melody Kinser, who has served as editor of The Mechanicsville Local since 2008, has been named managing editor of Richmond Suburban News. In addition to The Local, the group includes Midlothian Exchange, The Goochland Gazette, Powhatan Today and Cumberland Today.

Kinser came to Mechanicsville from The Winchester Star, where she served as day city editor.

Her newspaper career began in 1975 in her hometown, Logan, W.Va. She started as a proofreader at The Logan Banner and became managing editor 10 years later. She left The Banner in 1991 to become news editor of The Bluefield (W.Va.) Telegraph. Her career also included serving as editor of The Williamson (W.Va.) Daily News and managing editor of The Wayne County (W.Va.) News.

Kinser’s professional background also includes writing for a country music publication, RealCountry, and the layout and design of a Marshall University Athletic Department publication, OverHerd.

Birgit Weeks, who has served as business office manager for Powhatan Today since 2007, has been named market manager for several publications including Powhatan Today, Midlothian Exchange and Cumberland Today.

Weeks was born and raised in Germany where she finished her education with a degree in tax accounting.  She moved to Richmond to take a position as controller at an international freight forwarding company. Prior to working with Powhatan Today, Birgit worked for the YMCA of Greater Richmond as accountant and as membership director at one of the local branches.

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